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Pedernales Electric Cooperative presented a $3,500 grant to Cottonwood Pride, a Cottonwood Shores organization, which will use the funds to help upgrade the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department’s training room. Pictured are Christine Widmer (left), Greg Widmer, Janet Taylor-Carusi, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, PEC Vice President of Safety and Support Services Richard Arellano, Rachelle Backer of PEC, Tommie Engler of PEC, and Tia Owens of PEC. Courtesy photo

PEC grant for $3,500 to fund upgrade to Cottonwood Shores VFD training room

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department’s training room will get an upgrade thanks to a Pedernales Electric Cooperative grant. (more…)

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PEC's Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

PEC’s Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members will have plenty of reasons to celebrate the new Marble Falls District Office, including more drive-through payment lines and charging stations for electric vehicles. (more…)

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Burnet High School graduate Trey Foster (second from right) accepts a $15,750 scholarship from Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Lineman’s Rodeo Team. The graduate is headed to the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of late father, Anthony Foster, in becoming a lineman. Pictured with Foster are PEC Regional Operation Supervisor Ken Armstrong (left), PEC Technical Services Supervisor Eric Bitzko, PEC Safety and Technical Training Manager James Vasquez, and PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee. Courtesy photo

PEC awards scholarship to Burnet graduate following in his late father’s footsteps as lineman

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As Pedernales Electric Cooperative staff were preparing for a move to their new Marble Falls district office, they came across Anthony Foster’s lineman gear. (more…)

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Graffiti on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls has joined a list of cleanup projects slated for June to be done by Texas Department of Transportation contractors. Courtesy photo

U.S. 281 bridge graffiti tagged for cleanup by TxDOT at estimated cost of $2,000

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Texas Department of Transportation officials have targeted an eyesore on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls for a cleanup project in June. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $44,950 grant to Bertram Volunteer Fire Department on May 23. The department will use the grant for defibrillators and to repair the fire station’s roof. The grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Program. Pictured are LCRA Chief of Staff Clint Harp (left), LCRA Governmental Affairs representative Steve Dyer, Bertram VFD Chief Bobby Huffstuttler, PEC CEO Julie Parsley, LCRA board member Lori A. Berger, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 4 Commissioner John White, ESD No. 4 Commissioner Carol Ann Young, ESD No. 4 commissioner Kim Dickinson, and Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall. Courtesy photo

Bertram Volunteer Fire Department gets new roof thanks to LCRA and PEC grant

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After suffering through many days and nights under a bad roof, Bertram Volunteer Fire Department crews as well as residents seeking refuge in storms, will have a new roof over their heads thanks to a Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative grant. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative board candidates in District 1: Donna Holland Wilcox, Frank Haskell, and Milton Rister.

Online voting begins May 24 for PEC board election candidates in districts 1, 6, and 7

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE JOHNSON CITY —  Voting gets underway Thursday, May 24, in Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s annual board election. PEC members are choosing from among candidates in districts 1, 6, and 7. (more…)

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PRIMARY RUNOFFS: Beierle, Hurst win in Burnet County, Riggs in Llano County

PRIMARY RUNOFFS: Beierle, Hurst win in Burnet County, Riggs in Llano County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The results are in for the primary runoff elections in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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Friday last day of early voting in GOP, Democratic primary runoffs; Election Day is May 22

Friday last day of early voting in GOP, Democratic primary runoffs; Election Day is May 22

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primary election runoffs wraps up Friday, May 17, giving voters in Burnet and Llano counties one more day to cast their ballots in advance of Election Day, which is Tuesday, May 22. (more…)

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Early voting for GOP, Democratic primary runoff elections May 14-18

Early voting for GOP, Democratic primary runoff elections May 14-18

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With the school and municipal elections behind us, the focus is now on the Republican and Democratic primary runoffs May 22. Early voting for the runoffs is Monday-Friday, May 14-18. (more…)

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Gravel truck crash in Spicewood reinforces concern about Texas 71 travel danger

Gravel truck crash in Spicewood reinforces concern about Texas 71 travel danger

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — Leah Hughes of Spicewood was headed back to work at her construction job in Spicewood on Texas 71 when the gravel truck came up behind her. She had stopped her eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe in the left lane of the 6600 block of the highway and was waiting for oncoming […]

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A $1.6 million proposed upgrade to the RR 1431/U.S. 281 intersection would include widening of the roadway to enhance mobility and ease congestion. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

RR 1431-U.S 281 intersection on proposed upgrades list for $1.6M

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Another project aimed at easing congestion at a busy intersection — RR 1431 and U.S. 281 — has joined the list of proposed road upgrades eligible for millions of dollars in federal fuel tax funding, officials said. (more…)

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HIGHLAND LAKES ELECTIONS: Longtime council member unseated

HIGHLAND LAKES ELECTIONS: Longtime council member unseated

FROM STAFF REPORTS GRANITE SHOALS — The Granite Shoals City Council will get three new members after the May 5 election that saw voters unseat a longtime councilwoman. (more…)

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May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Highland Lakes voters have one more opportunity to cast their ballots in a handful of local races. The May 5 elections feature contested races in Burnet, Bertram, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, and the Llano Independent School District. (more…)

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Republican State Rep. Terry Wilson represents District 20, which includes Burnet and Milam counties and part of Williams County.

OPINION: Local elections May 5 need your attention

“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” That’s been an unofficial slogan for the Lone Star State for as long as I can remember, and it’s true in so many ways. We have the second-largest land mass of any state and the second-largest population. We have the 10th-largest economy in the world ahead of Australia and Russia. (more…)

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In Texas, emergency preparation supplies are tax-free this weekend

AUSTIN — Now is the time to prepare for an emergency and stock up on needed supplies. From Saturday-Monday, April 28-30, the state of Texas will hold an Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. (more…)

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Llano County prosecutors have launched a weekly social media listing with mugshots and court violations to try to coax offenders to resolve outstanding warrants. File photo

Llano County spotlights offenders on social media to clear up warrants

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Offenders who fail to pay their fines or show up in county court could face another problem — public scrutiny — due to a new Llano County Attorney’s Office program that calls out warrant violators on social media. (more…)

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Llano County judge-elect, Llano ISD incumbent faces resignation if he wins board election

Llano County judge-elect, Llano ISD incumbent faces resignation if he wins board election

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Should he win back his Llano school board incumbency in an upcoming race, a newly elected Llano County judge would have to resign from the board due to state law, officials said. With no opposing party challenger in the general election, Llano County Judge-elect Ron Cunningham, a Republican, is […]

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Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While not as “glamorous” as the major party primaries or the November gubernatorial election, local municipal and school district elections affect residents’ daily lives from property taxes to zoning ordinances. (more…)

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Burnet County officials propose reuse and recycle center on 9 acres donated by city

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — City and county officials have agreed to a land donation to jumpstart a proposed regional reuse and recycling facility for household hazardous waste. Burnet City Council approved the donation to Burnet County of a 9-acre tract of land on RR 963, adjacent to the existing trash transfer station, to […]

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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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People must now pay a $50 deposit fee along with a $50 rental fee to use Crockett (pictured here), Blue Briar, and Veterans parks in Granite Shoals for events such as reunions and parties. The deposit fee is refundable as long as the renter cleans up after their event. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Granite Shoals park rental fees go up due to left-behind trash and alcohol rule-breakers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Those wishing to rent parks in the city of Granite Shoals are going to need to dig deeper into their pockets. Granite Shoals City Council approved raising the deposit fee for the city’s community center, located at 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road, from $200 to $300 for residents […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 1 Incumbent Cristi Clement (left) of Meadowlakes, who has served on the board since 2009, did not file to run for re-election. Candidates Donna Holland Wilcox (center), Milton Rister, and Frank Haskell (not shown) are facing off for the position. Election results will be announced June 23.

PEC District 1 incumbent not running, 3 candidates vying for spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS  JOHNSON CITY — As the candidate nomination process for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors deadline came to a close, the eligible list revealed that the incumbent from District 1 has chosen not to run for re-election. (more…)

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The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Northwest Operations Center is scheduled to be open the week of June 7. Staff photo

Opening of PEC Marble Falls operations center pushed to June

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Officials rescheduled the grand opening of the new Pedernales Electric Cooperative Northwest Operations Center for summer 2018 due to unforeseen demands on construction materials statewide and a delivery delay in a critical piece of equipment for the facility. (more…)

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Residents can find out more about recent road projects on a recommended funding list by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Among funding recommendations are the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge project. Courtesy map

Wirtz Dam Road bridge, US 281 project on recommended funding list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — A handful of Burnet County road projects have made the cut on a recommended list for federal highway funding, launching a comment and meeting phase for the public. (more…)

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longhorn laying in grass in texas hill country

Longhorn steer shooting prompts $5,000 reward from rancher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO COUNTY — The shooting death of a longhorn steer on a remote county road has resulted in a criminal investigation and a $5,000 reward offered by a Llano County rancher. The incident is believed to have happened sometime over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 17-18, on a ranch just […]

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Prevention is key to protecting upper Highland Lakes from invasive mussels

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With boating season getting underway, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding people to take steps to curb the spread of invasive species such zebra mussels. (more…)

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